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Anime Tamago 2018 Lineup Revealed

by arsonal
Feb 10, 2018 4:45 PM | 13 Comments

The official website of the Anime Tamago animator incubation project has announced its 2018 anime lineup. Anime Tamago, formerly known as Anime Mirai, is an initiative by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Education to train young animators by funding the production of anime shorts.

This year's shorts will be screened as part of Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018 on March 10 at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas theater in Tokyo. There will be a free screening for 150 audience members selected through a lottery that will be held until February 26. A promotional video and a commentary video by screening event moderators Kazuhiko Inoue and Sumi Shimamoto were also released.


Time Driver: Bokura ga Kaita Mirai

Synopsis
Yuuto Matsubara is a 27-year-old who works in the sales department of a major toy maker, but since he's unable to follow his dreams he spends his days depressed and unmotivated. One day, after completely giving up on getting his childhood friend Ai to love him, the robot he drew when he was a child appeared before his eyes! The robot, named "Time Driver," turns the power of dreams into energy to move. Yuuto was forced into the cockpit, where a little 12-year-old version of himself was waiting! (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)

Cast
Yuuto Matsubara: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online), Mikako Komatsu (Nagi no Asukara)
Ai Minami: Miho Arakawa (Digimon Adventure tri.)
Time Driver: Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama)
Sphere: Saori Oonishi (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
Dark Matter: Tomoko Kaneda (Azumanga Daioh)
Superior, Salaryman, Cameraman: Yukito Souma (Baccano!)
Mother, Announcer: Ayano Ogata
Girl, Office Lady: Nako Eguchi (Aikatsu Stars!)

Staff
Director: Junichi Yamamoto (Chizu no Nai Bouken)
Script: Aya Takei (Chizu no Nai Bouken)
Producer: Akiko Isobe (Ring of Gundam), Ryousuke Mamiya, Tomoya Iwasawa, Hideki Kanou
Character Design, Animation Director: Noriyuki Fukuda (Hajime no Ippo animation director)
Lead Key Animation: Ken Shintani (Azuki-chan animation director)
Main Key Animation: Kousuke Iwanaga (Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale key animation), Nobuhiro Mutou (Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? main animator)
Animation Check: Tomoko Fukui (Aquarion Evol)
Music: Keiji Inai (Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka)
Young Animator: Ayumi Aizawa (Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale digital animation), Shoutarou Tani (Nisekoi: 2nd key animation), Yuuki Nishide (Rewrite in-between animation), Seren Fujii (Hinako Note 2nd key animation), Hiroyuki Moriguchi, Yuri Yamamura (Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade key animation)
Studio: Imagica Image Works, Robot Communications


Engimon

Synopsis
The "engimon" friends Haruo (a papier-mâché dog), Kin-chan (a goldfish-shaped paper balloon), Hebizou (a bamboo snake), Chief Daruma (a daruma doll), and Koume (a wooden doll) always watch over the siblings Yamato and Himi, who live in the Milky Way house in the City of the Seven Lucky Gods. One day, Himi chased after a maneki-neko (beckoning cat) that appeared out of nowhere and disappeared from the house. Although Yamato was surprised when the engimon friends suddenly started moving, he soon went to rescue Himi! Will the engimon’s lucky powers be enough to find Himi?! (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)

Cast
Yamato Amanogawa: Ayaka Asai (Hibike! Euphonium)
Haruo: Tarako (Chibi Maruko-chan)
Himi Amanogawa: Yuka Yamamori
Kin-chan: Yuuko Tachibana (One Piece)
Hebizou: Kappei Yamaguchi (Detective Conan)
Chief Daruma: Tetsu Inada (Ojisan to Marshmallow)
Koume: Kotori Koiwai (Non Non Biyori)
Tarafuku: Kouzou Douzaka (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Fukujirou: Takayuki Yamaguchi (Cardfight!! Vanguard)
Kofuku: Aimi Tanaka (Himouto! Umaru-chan)
Nami Amanogawa: Ami Shinohara (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon)
Makoto Amanogawa: Takuma Suzuki (Zero no Tsukaima)
Shop Attendant: Shinichirou Kamio (Poputepipikku)
Middle-Aged Woman: Saki Nitta (Kill la Kill)

Staff
Director: Koudai Satou (Koi☆Sento CGI director)
Script: Koudai Satou, Yuka Yamada (Non Non Biyori)
Producer: Kouta Yamaguchi
Assistant Producer: Yuri Yoshida
Character Design, Art Setting: Tomomi Kikawada
Animation Director: Susumu Shiraume (Choujin Locke)
CGI Director: Masami Tanji (Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori)
Main Animator: Hidehiko Ishiguro (Gatchaman Crowds CG animator)
Production Assistant: Yuri Yoshida
Assistant Production Assistant: Kana Nakazawa
Music: otoco
Young Animator: Yuuka Akabane, Mai Nihei, Saki Fukuzawa, Rina Nakamura, Naomi Yugeta, Yoshimi Ooe
Studio: Studio Nanahoshi, Usagi Ou


Milky Panic twelve (formerly 12 Busters)

Synopsis
Milky Town is becoming overrun with invalids! Many animals drink the milk from Milking Company, but their ears become sharp and cat-like and they lose all motivation. Everything is part of Inventor Cat Milking's plan to take over the world! However, at that time, the cowboy tiger Ippon from the Charmy Ranch just happened to come home from his wandering travels. When Ippon realized the situation, he banded together with his friends the rats to rise up and save the city! (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)

Cast
Ippon: Taiten Kusunoki (Drifters)
Milking: Youhei Tadano (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn)
Rabbirin: Ami Naito (One Punch Man)
Tikute: Akio Suyama (Sakura Taisen)
Shishika: Miyuki Satou (Kimi to Boku.)
Dal: Katsumi Toriumi (Miyuki)
White: Mitsuaki Kanuka (Zankyou no Terror)
Mosa: Kenji Nomura (Genshiken)
Inochicci: Biichi Sato (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Chikinto: Atsuo Hasegawa (Yuri!!! on Ice)
Mondo: Yuusuke Noguchi
Monkichi: Minoru Shiraishi (Nichijou)
Nyoro: Kousuke Echigoya (Uchi no Oochopus)
Butler: Hiroshi Naka (One Piece)

Staff
Director: Shinnosuke Numata (Furusato Meguri: Nippon no Mukashibanashi)
Script: Tetsuo Yasumi (Bonobono 1995 edition)
Producer: Tomonosuke Numata (Furusato Saisei: Nippon no Mukashibanashi assistant producer)
Episode Director, Storyboard: Takuo Suzuki (Nintama Rantarou)
Animation Director: Akio Hosoya (Nintama Rantarou)
Assistant Animation Director: Masakazu Higuchi (Mori no Tonto-tachi director)
Lead Key Animation: Hirokazu Ishino (Nintama Rantarou animation director)
Main Key Animation: Hiroki Takiguchi (Sword Art Online II key animation)
Production Assistant: Shou Suzuki
Animation Check: Hiromi Kabashima (Devilman: Crybaby 2nd key animation)
Music Director: Keiichi Gotou (Furusato Saisei: Nippon no Mukashibanashi), Kazuko Gotou
Young Animator: Mai Itou, Yuu Sata (Darling in the FranXX 2nd key animation), Ai Tsuyuzaki, Yukie Nishimura (Aikatsu! in-between animation), Ryousuke Murahashi (Kimi no Na wa. in-between animation), Kouji Takayama
Studio: Tomason


Midnight Crazy Trail

Synopsis
Shout and Crunch are a duo that work in the garbage collecting business. One day, a 16-year-old witch named Makina comes to London in the human world so she can study how to become a wonderful bride for a year. Makina finds the two and hires them to throw away her "witch's book." Actually, Makina wants to quit being a witch so she can become a normal girl, but her magic book, which is the intermediary between her and her magic, is getting in her way! However, that book is not something that can be thrown away so easily... (Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode)

Cast
Makina: Sumire Uesaka (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)
Shout: Toshiki Masuda (Endride)
Crunch: Kenichirou Matsuda (Ghost in the Shell: Arise)
Dorothy: Masayo Fujita (Granblue Fantasy The Animation)
Illuge: Tomotaka Hachisuka (ēlDLIVE)
Soapy: Aya Suzaki (Tamako Market)
Special Forces Captain: Takayuki Asai (Aquarion Logos)
Operator: Atsushi Kousaka (Hetalia Axis Powers)
Restaurant Manager: Shinya Takahashi (Ga-Rei: Zero)
Ice Cream Shop Woman: Marie Oi (Psycho-Pass 2)
Priestess: Yuuko Ueda (Sakura Quest)
Customer: Miki Kikuchi

Staff
Director: Kazushige Yusa (Touch)
Script: Munenori Mizuno (Doraemon)
Producer: Ken Yoshida
Storyboard: Shinichi Watanabe (Zettai Karen Children)
CG Director: Daigo Taketomi
Main Animator: Makino Tatsuya
Production Assistant: Mine Horiai
Music: Kuniyuki Morohashi (Urawa no Usagi-chan)
Young Animator: Naoko Takahashi, Lin Wen-i, Hideki Kojou, Lai Pang-ni, Tetsurou Kagata, Shuu Katabe
Studio: Picona


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13 Comments Recent Comments

Time driver and midnight crazy trail are the only two that look interesting

Feb 11, 2018 10:18 AM by Cryanide

Ooh, this still goes on! More shorts to watch (although I still have many from past years to watch, like this one with the pig samurai or something).

I don't understand how the various titles who didn't "get" a TV series or whatever expansion were not noticed: I'm sure some were praised or even got some award or nomination for one. THis project was supposed to be about discovering creators, not fictions I thought...

GangsterCat said:
everything looks kiddie shit

I remember when Glénat thought that about Narutaru (the manga) and decided to publish it in my country just to suddenly stop it at the 2nd tome. (or when people criticized Ima soku ni iru boku for having a childish look and being just some kids adventure in another world)

Feb 11, 2018 8:35 AM by Rei_III

everything looks kiddie shit

Feb 11, 2018 3:22 AM by GangsterCat

Midnight Crazy Trail im waiting for you.

Feb 11, 2018 1:23 AM by Swagernator

short experimental projuct full of bizare different style animation always hit my mark... will keep this on watch...

Feb 11, 2018 1:18 AM by Kuma

I'm interested in Time Driver and Midnight Crazy Trail.
Milky Panic twelve looks like aimed for kids and furryfags.

Feb 10, 2018 7:40 PM by Gridley

Paulo27 said:
shanimebib said:
What are the chances that at least one of them will get the reception like Little Witch Academia, Death Billiards in the past? Only two made a cut in the industry out of the previous 28 since 2011. I really hope at least one cuts it this year.
As this project seems to be increasingly more kid-oriented, chance of something like that keep getting lower. It's not what the project is about though so it's not a big deal if it doesn't happen.

But I find it kind of fascinating thinking these projects that promote young animators are getting more recognition through anime adaptations in the form of full length movies or TV series particularly because of the fact that anime itself mainly promotes youth than any other industry in entertainment business.

Feb 10, 2018 7:09 PM by shanimebib

shanimebib said:
What are the chances that at least one of them will get the reception like Little Witch Academia, Death Billiards in the past? Only two made a cut in the industry out of the previous 28 since 2011. I really hope at least one cuts it this year.
As this project seems to be increasingly more kid-oriented, chance of something like that keep getting lower. It's not what the project is about though so it's not a big deal if it doesn't happen.

Feb 10, 2018 6:36 PM by Paulo27

What are the chances that at least one of them will get the reception like Little Witch Academia, Death Billiards in the past? Only two made a cut in the industry out of the previous 28 since 2011. I really hope at least one cuts it this year.

Feb 10, 2018 5:56 PM by shanimebib

Time Driver looks like utter shit and I would watch Midnight Crazy Trail if it wasn't full CG.

Feb 10, 2018 5:11 PM by Hoppy

Midnight Crazy Trail - nice poster, which makes it interesting to see

Feb 10, 2018 5:02 PM by youseiki

looks like Time Driver and Midnight Crazy Trail are both 3DCG movies so i will watch those, anime 3DCG movies usually have high quality due to higher budget

Feb 10, 2018 4:57 PM by ugmon

Midnight Crazy Trail could be cool to watch.

Feb 10, 2018 4:51 PM by DatRandomDude